I don’t have kids but I do care for them, as with my own “kids” I think there’s a time and place. I have been in restaurants or at events where I thought the kids should not have been. Of particular note is a fabulous event we have each year in my neighbourhood called Buskerfest. This is a fabulous weekend-long event, jammed packed full of buskers, vendors and kids, kids, kids. Yes, it’s totally a kid-oriented event but what about making it kid free, say from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. on the Friday and Saturday evening?
I think the same applies for restaurants and so forth, it should be common knowledge that if you are going out with small children in tow it is not jurisprudent to bring them in after 6:00 p.m. to dine and if they start acting up, the onus is on you to either quiet them in as swift, quiet and courteous a manner as possible, or if they continue, to take them outside until they settle down. I also think there’s an onus on adults not to expect kid-free environments at certain times. If I’m going to The Keg, or Shoeless Joe’s or some medium range, family style restaurant and I’ve made my reservation for 6:00 p.m. I think it’s totally ridiculous and unfair to expect a) peace and quiet and b) that it will not be packed with kids. If you’re kidless and older either eat earlier or eat later. If you’re a parent, as a rule I’d say don’t bring your kids to restaurants after 7:00 p.m., that’s just rude.
Not to mention other public venues as well, if you want to go to a museum or an art gallery in relative peace, either book a day off during the week, or go extremely early or preferably as late as possible to said place. As to Saturdays, they should just be designated ‘kid friendly’ days where you can expect to be overrun and inundated with kids and rather than parents having to apologize for their kids should they be a little hyper, certain venues should have signs that state that today is a “kid friendly” environment and people should be aware to expect, running, screeching and lots of laughter and if they don’t like it, lump it.
Kids today grow up too fast as it is. I think its imperative that we give them places where they can just be kids and not get censured all the time for acting like a kid. Besides, personally I more of the running, screaming at the top of my lungs, blowing bubbles and eating too much candy vein myself, I hope I never grow up.